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Regional Ecosystems
Highland Oak-Juniper Canyons/Hillsides of Gila
National Forest are home to 4 jay species, thrashers, sparrows, vireos, warblers, Wild Turkey.
Silver City, Arenas Valley, Pinos Altos, Gallinas Canyon/Hwy 152 [ MAP ]
Riparian Valleys with Cottonwood and Willow
Flycatchers, kingbirds, orioles, waterfowl, warblers, swallows, owls, and woodpeckers.
Mimbres River Valley (15 miles east of SC); Gila River Valley/Gila Bird Area (25 mi W) [ MAP ]
Rolling grassland with mountains and scrub
To our south, large flocks of sparrow in the winter. Twelve or more species are possible in a morning drive along Separ Road.
Separ Road (15 miles southwest of SC off Hwy 180) [ MAP ]
Chihuahuan desert
Terrain appears quickly southeast of SC. City of Rocks State Park area holds species of wren, thrasher, Long-eared Owls, and Roadrunners.
City of Rocks (10 miles east of SC off Hwy 180) [ MAP ]
Above 7000 feet in the Gila Forest
Habitat of mountain spruce and pine, home to unique species such as the Olive and Red-faced Warblers, Painted Redstart. Expect to find three species of nuthatches, vireos, and a variety of woodpeckers.
Cherry Creek or McMillan campgrounds, (12 miles north of SC on Hwy 15) [ MAP ]
Sonoran desert
Plant communities to the West near the Arizona border hold Gray Vireo, Bell's Vireo, Montezuma Quail, and possibly Abert's Towhee.
Red Rock (25 miles west of SC near the Gila River)